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Russell Wilson.
Russell Wilson.


FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Studying "The Asterisk"
I’m fascinated by the underdog, exceptions to the rule, and ideas that run counter to convention. I believe there’s merit to the idea that once something in life becomes conventional, it’s no longer the safest path to success. So I think it’s only fitting that I make my Football Outsiders debut with a column devoted to a player Aaron Schatz labeled "The Asterisk," in FO's 2012 Lewin Career Forecast.

Get Er Done: QB Mechanics by Brett Favre | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I don’t care about the will-he-or-won’t-he drama at the end of his career or the possibility that he thought a cell phone portrait of his penis was a good way to get some Strange. In fact, I don’t care that he was looking for Strange. I can compartmentalize my appreciation of Favre to his skill as an NFL quarterback. If you can’t, skip this post. Otherwise, Favre is a fun exception to the rule when it comes to the mechanics of delivering the football and playing the game at the highest level.

NFL Draft 2012: Southern Cal's Nick Perry atop DE rankings - NFL - Sporting News
Just weeks away from the 2012 NFL Draft, Sporting News examines talent depth at every position before the first pick is made. The draft's first round will be April 26, followed by rounds two and three on April 27—both in prime time. Rounds 4-7 will be called on April 28.

2012 NFL draft countdown: SN's No. 16 prospect, Penn State DT Devon Still - NFL - Sporting News
Strengths: Still hasgood strength, smooth athleticism and intangibles. When he plays with leverage, he has the strength to anchor against offensive line run blocks. (Vital statistics: 6-5, 303 pounds, 5.03 in the 40-yard dash)

Cosell Talks: The Wide Receiver Transformation : NFL Films Blog
The spotlight in the upcoming NFL draft has been on quarterbacks, notably Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, with increased attention on Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler. That’s understandable. It’s the most important position in the game. Here’s the follow-up question, one rarely scrutinized: In a passing league, how do we now evaluate the players on the receiving end of the quarterback’s throws?

What Hayden Smith Brings From Rugby |
The New York Jets have been looking outside the box for players for a while, searching for the new Antonio Gates in sports other than football.

New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders will have to make something of little in NFL Draft - Peter King -
It's rare that I begin with the Stat of the Week in this column, but there's a method to my statness.

NFL Draft Playbook: Coby Fleener vs. Notre Dame | National Football Post
Using video to breakdown the 'Spot' route vs. the Irish. news: Which starting quarterback has the shortest leash in 2012?
Several 2011 starting quarterbacks will enter next season with a tenuous grip on their job. Which incumbent starter will have the shortest leash in 2012?

Stock Watch: Part II | National Football Post
Which prospects on defense are moving up draft boards?

The death of the workhorse running back | National Football Post
As NFL offenses continue to evolve, the demand for a 300-carry running back continues to decrease.

Mock Drafts 2012: Bears give Cutler another weapon in Floyd
We're less than three weeks out from the 2012 NFL Draft, so for the most part, the hay is in the barn. Most of the work is done before the NFL's legion of fans starts paying attention to the draft. Pretty much all of it is done now. Draft boards are set, teams have their targets, tentative trade talks are ongoing and, outside of a player arrest or freak injury, not all that much is going to change between now and the big day. But our projections will, as we learn more about what clubs are thinking. So with no further delay, based on some research over the weekend, here's my latest -- and best -- shot at the dartboard: news: Titans TE Cook says Locker will push Hasselbeck to be starting QB
After a stellar debut last season with the Tennessee Titans, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has reason to believe he will hold onto his starting position this season.

Big Board: SEC dominates on field and in terms of draft prospects - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
With the 2012 NFL draft now less than three weeks away, the time has come to extend the Big Board to the top 50. For those reading my Big Board for the first time, to explain what it is, let's first point out what it is not. The Big Board is not another mock draft.

Shiancoe and Seahawks' need at tight end - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Following up on tight ends, the Seattle Seahawks still have an opening for one after losing John Carlson to the Minnesota Vikings in free agency. Vis